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Guide to the Jack London Collection, 1893-1977
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Biography
  • Correspondents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jack London Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1977
    Box Number: 1034-1037
    Collector: California State Library
    Extent: 5 boxes
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jack London Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    London, Jack, 1876-1916
    London, Charmian
    London, Flora Wellman
    Chaney, William Henry


    Correspondence, articles, clippings, ephemera, pamphlets, personal records.


    Jack London, popular author and important literary figure, was born in San Francisco January 12, 1876, the son of Flora Wellman and William Henry Chaney. John London was his stepfather. He married first, Bessie Maddern, and second, Charmian Kittredge. As a child he lived in San Francisco, near Livermore, and in Oakland. He spent much time on the Oakland waterfront and San Francisco Bay in various capacities. His first book of short stories, SON OF THE WOLF, was published in 1900. This was followed by many other works of fiction. Early in his career, he was an ardent socialist and many of his writings reflect this fact. He built an estate in the Valley of the Moon, Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, and practiced experimental farming and stock raising. He traveled extensively. He died on November 22, 1916.


    Major Correspondents

    • London, Jack, 1876-1916
    • London, Charmian

    Other Correspondents

    • Bingham, Robert W.
    • Byrne, J.
    • Chappell, W. W.
    • Clapp, Verner W. (Verner Warren), 1901-1972
    • Curry, John A.
    • El Dorado County Library
    • Farris, L. P.
    • Francis, Richard W.
    • Gillis, Mabel
    • Greene, Charles S.
    • Hill, Joseph J.
    • Hogan, K. T.
    • Holloway, E. S.
    • Hopting, Gene.
    • Kaiser, John B.
    • Laidler, Harry Wellington, 1884-1970.
    • Lees, James C.
    • Lippincott, B.
    • MacArthur, Walter
    • Mischall, Alfred
    • Morgan, E. W.
    • Pipes, Nellie B.
    • Shepard, I. Milo (Irving Milo)
    • Sibley, Robert
    • Taylor, Harvey
    • Thomas, Mabel W.
    • Torre-Bueno, J. R. de la (Jose Rollin), 1871-
    • W., Helen M.
    • Yerge, Clyde S.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • Portrait Chaney, William Henry